Centotaph Requiem


On the eve of Remembrancetide 2020, Commonwealth Music Is delighted to announce the release of its production of the World-Premiere recording of Cenotaph Requiem composed by Simon Haw MBE.

Performed by the State Ceremonial Musicians of the Household Division, CYO’s Commonwealth Scholars’ Choir and Commonwealth Children’s Choir, the recording is now available for purchase, on both CD or download.

Dedicated to Her Majesty The Queen, Head of The Commonwealth, Cenotaph Requiem is a Universal Act of Remembrance; a poignant musical reflection on the service and sacrifice given by all soldiers, sailors and airmen in the face of adversity.


A Message from the Composer

Cenotaph Requiem was written in the summer of 2018, to mark the 100th Anniversary of the end of the First World War 1914-1918.

The work uses a number of sung texts from the Latin Mass to form an overarching Requiem structure, interspersed with five instrumental movements that provide a chronological narrative of the First World War.

The choral and Instrumental movements derive their thematic material from 3 motives first presented in the Introit, thereby linking the poignant, descriptive instrumental elements that portray the most appalling and heartfelt conditions endured by soldiers, sailors and airmen during the war, with moments of quiet reflection, solitude and prayer, found within the Latin text.

Cenotaph Requiem is intended as an epitaph to all who served in the First World War. But the enduring nature of warfare is constant, therefore in many ways, it should be regarded as a work for all time.

Introit



Kyrie



Marne



Sanctus



Gallipoli



Jutland



Agnus Dei



Somme



Pie Jesu



Passchendaele



In Paradisum





World premiere of Cenotaph Requiem Performed on 1 November 2018 in the Guards Chapel by the State Ceremonial Musicians of the Household Division, Commonwealth Scholars’ Choir and Commonwealth Children’s Choir. Photo Credit: Chris Lobina




Commonwealth Memorial Gates Constitution Hill, London
Photo Credit: Jake Ellwood




Commonwealth Children’s Choir Recording Cenotaph Requiem January 2019
Photo Credit: Chris Lobina